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Poster: Lou Davenport Date: Jun 10, 2007 5:17pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Good Evening - 1976 > 1977 transition

An excellent question, and one I've pondered myself. I don't have anything even close to an *answer*, but some scraps:

1) You may be right about the guitar. From:

http://dozin.com/jers/guitar/history.htm

"1976- Travis Bean TB500 w/single-coil pickups and fx loop.
10/3/76 last Boogie Mark I show
10/9/76 first appearance of dual Twins Effects- Mu-Tron III +Mu-Tron Octave Divider +MXR analog delay
1977- Travis Beam TB500 gets the Unity Gain Buffer built by John Cutler"

2) For my money, the distinctive Spring 1977 sound is there on 2-26-77 but not on 12-31-76.

3) I think a full understanding of the changes in Jerry's sound has to take into consideration the JGB tours as well as GD. The May 1976 Orpheum show is an interesting study in relation to the June 1976 GD shows. And the July 1977 Theater 1839 shows have an interesting sound in relation to the Spring and Fall 1977 GD tours. And if I listened to more non-commercial JGB releases, I'm sure I'd have much more to say on this count. You may want to direct your researches this way.

Edit: BTW, there were a few JGB shows in late Jan and early Feb 1977:

http://db.etree.org/bs_d.php?year=1977&artist_key=25

Two of them have been torrented on LL:

http://www.shnflac.net/torrents.php?active=0&project=17&options=0&order=data&by=DESC&page=2



This post was modified by Lou Davenport on 2007-06-11 00:17:24

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Poster: Cliff Hucker Date: Jun 10, 2007 5:52pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Good Evening - 1976 > 1977 transition

Right on Lou, someone pulled a switch in early '77, the sound is profoundly different. The laser focused, locked-in playing is radically different from late '76.

But theres got to be more to it than equipment changes. Perhaps it had something to do with what they were ingesting and the vibe in their community?

Got to agree with Will as well. Id take 9/28/75 and 8/3/75 over 5/8/77 and 5/25/77 everytime!

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Poster: AshesRising Date: Jun 10, 2007 9:18pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Good Evening - 1976 > 1977 transition

Cliff:
...but the Shrine shows (1976-10-14,15) == in tunes like the Dancin'trio, or "The Other One" on the 15th -- if I didn't know the year, I would think they were cuts from '77 indicating the change already occurred or they were deep into the transition. Any thoughts?

Thanks a lot for the input, --- AshesRising

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Poster: Cliff Hucker Date: Jun 11, 2007 5:35am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Good Evening - 1976 > 1977 transition

Now Ive never been a huge fan of 1976. Ive always found the jazzy sound from 1975 and laser-tight 1977 more appealing. To me, the October 76 Shrine shows sound completely different to 1977.

The Other One from 10/15/76 is dynamite! But in my opinion, it sounds nothing like spring 1977...

http://www.archive.org/details/gd76-10-15.sbd.sacks.251.sbefail.shnf

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Poster: AshesRising Date: Jun 11, 2007 9:12am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Good Evening - 1976 > 1977 transition

I appreciate your taking the time to reply and offer your opinion. Thanks a lot, Cliff -- one week from tomorrow begins the countdown to the Alaska Solstice Shows (1980) -- AshesRising